DETROIT – Two suspects have been arrested after their car hit several people while running from the police Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit, killing two children and injuring four others.
Sgt. Cassandra Lewis, a spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department, said a brief chase ensued Wednesday evening in a residential neighborhood on the city’s east side after police pursued a man with a gun in a Chevy Camaro.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told Fox 2 the chase lasted for about 75 seconds before officers “lost sight” of the car. Shortly after, they saw a “plume of smoke, suggesting a collision. … As they got closer, they saw children laying in the roadway.”
Craig said the suspects were traveling at speeds “in excess of 70 mph.”
The car apparently crashed into a porch, injuring an adult and three children. A 3-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother died after being struck by the vehicle as it tried to pull away from the porch.
The two suspects were arrested – one in possession of a handgun. The passenger of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with a broken arm, according to Lewis.
The three injured children were taken to a local hospital where they are listed in critical condition. The children range in age from 2 to 7. A 21-year-old woman also was taken to a local hospital and was listed in temporary serious condition, according to Lewis.